UPDATE: Regarding the e-mail incident between a U of Berkeley student and Sachi Landscaping–the guy is completely denying it was him but hasn’t provided one iota of proof that it wasn’t (details here). And Mr. Zeiser contacted me via Twitter and said
@trhodesAZ Cool blog post. Not very honest, though. Would you like to interview me for a follow up?
— Bill Zeiser (@BillZeiser) October 3, 2014
Nice little passive aggressive compliment along with an insult. But whatevs….I have not yet responded but my inclination is no. My thinking is that the kind of tripe he is pushing is already being blasted at the populace by really large media outlets like Fox, The Heritage Foundation, the American Spectator (for whom he has written in the past), the Daily Caller and dozens of other venues. Why should I let him use my little blog to broadcast his viewpoint when the entire Twitter conversation is all one really needs to know. So I suggest you all read the entire Twitter conversation and make up your own mind.
So, earlier today I was watching my Twitter scroll with one eye while trying to program in C# with the other and a couple of things jumped out at me. The first was a Storify* from @AngryBlackLady (one of my favorite writers, commentators and all around smart people online) about a conversation between her and a conservative supposed PhD who insisted on debating her about Obamacare regardless of whether she wanted to or not.
If you don’t want to read the long exchange (you really should just for the giggles, the image above is a summary of his worst statements) it boils down to her getting angry at him for pestering her for days and telling him to leave her alone. So he resorts to using some misogynist and racist terms to refer to her and finally he refuses to acknowledge the ugliness behind what he said or apologize for it. At the end, of course, he claims to be the victim of the whole thing. It will make you feel all fuzzy inside–not.
Not long after reading that I saw a Tweet by @LaloAlcaraz, a man of many talents (you might have seen his comics in your local newspaper if you live in the Southwestern U.S.). He shared an email exchange between a University of Berkeley student and the owner of a local business. The student is a member of CASA (Chicano Architecture Student Association) and asked very respectfully if her organization could get a tour of his business. His response?
You can see Lalo’s photo of the full email exchange and the explanation here. Not only is the business owner’s response ugly he also claims to be victimized by the request for the tour.
I don’t know about you but I’m seeing a rash of white males (just one example) running around crying about being victims to us “delicate flowers” and/or “savages” and/or “illegals”. The irony is that anybody with a brain can see that white males, particularly older ones, still run this country and pretty much the entire fucking world. This is serious “crazy making” behavior . It’s like women and minorities are in an abusive relationship with the rest of U.S. society. They keep kicking us and then telling us that it’s our fault and we made them do it. And then we when we legitimately confront them over it, they tell us that we’re the racist/bigots trying to stir up ill feelings that disappeared the moment the Black Marxist Muslim Usurper was elected in 2008. And us wimmin folk, once we got the right to vote back in 1920 it’s been easy pickings since then, amiright my fellow delicate blossoms? It’s all unicorns shitting one hundred dollar bills, rainbows and cotton candy, dontcha know! Except, of course, for that painful black eye and those sore ribs we keep getting.
But there might be some hope. Take for instance the revenge that has been enacted against ABL’s harasser. If one were to Google his name (I highly recommend it, click this link and it will do it for you automatically) you will find a link to the Storify item I mentioned earlier about 4 or 5 results down. The more people click on it, the more this will rise in Google search results whenever anyone searches for Mr. Zeiser. And in so doing, it will air his statements about how much fun it is to “collect scalps”, how he called people of color and anyone who disagrees with him “savages”, and other various lovely things. Note this isn’t harassment or libel or slander**. He really did write these things and by doing this on Google we can ensure that even if he tries to deny it, the proof is easy to find. As a side benefit whenever someone looks him up to find out more about him, one of the first things they will learn is that nature of his character is less than desirable. Also do not Tweet about this conversation and mention ABL’s Twitter nom de plume. She’s over it and I don’t blame her–keep her out of the discussion unless she chooses to rejoin it on her own.
The other little bit of good news is that the Berkeley student has approached her College’s faculty in hopes that they will address the matter but many people have seen this exchange online now and I’m hoping it will descend squarely on this guy’s head so that he loses his license to practice. However, the student has asked people online not to interact with the company directly so DO NOT contact the business owner or the company. Nevertheless, if you live in Southern California (and I know a few people that do) keep this guy and his business in mind because if he or his company tries to get your business (or anyone you know) you can tell him to “piss off”. If he wants to know why tell him it’s the “Free Market” coming back to bite him in the ass.
The ugliness of these kinds of exchanges is why I have to take a break from the Internet on occasion. Then again, people like ABL and Lalo pull me back in because they are never afraid to point it out, call it what it is, and they don’t let it make them crazy. I don’t have their coping mechanisms yet but I’m getting there.
*For those who don’t know, Storify is a way to document a series of Tweets over a long period of time. It puts them in the proper time order which can be very hard to do on your own without such an app.
**I’m not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV. However, libel/slander is propagating something you know is untrue. And it don’t get any more real than that there Twitter exchange.
The link to the Spanish version of this post